Feb. 28, 2011
Edison, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland junior forward Shane Walker (Northampton, England/Montrose Christian HS) and freshman guard Justin Drummond (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) today were recognized in All-MAAC honors announced by the conference office. Walker was named to the All-MAAC Third Team and Drummond was selected to the All-Rookie team in voting by the league's 10 head coaches.
Drummond's selection is the fourth consecutive year that a Greyhounds freshman has been honored as an All-Rookie choice. Walker makes the All-MAAC Third Team after Loyola did not place a player on any of the three teams last season.
By being named to the five-man All-Rookie team, Drummond is under consideration for being named the MAAC's Rookie of the Year. That recipient along with the other major award winners for MAAC men's and women's basketball will be announced Thursday night at the league's annual Awards Reception which takes place at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., the site of the 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Championships.
After missing the first eight games of the season with an injury, Drummond exploded on the scene by scoring 21 points in the second game of his career against No. 15 Georgetown. He followed that with a 17-point effort at Howard in his next outing to win consecutive MAAC Rookie of the Week awards. He finished the campaign with four awards, the most of any MAAC rookie during the season. He averaged 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds for his 20 games played, shooting 44.2 percent from the field (69-156) and 43.4 percent from three-point range (23-53). He scored a career-high 22 points in the home win over Canisius and reached double figures in nine MAAC contests.
Walker ended the regular season as Loyola's leading scorer at 11.0 points per game. He also leads the team with 46 blocked shots and is second in rebounding at 7.2 boards per contest. Twice he shared MAAC Player of the Week honors during the campaign and scored in double digits in 11 of his 16 MAAC appearances. He also had six games with more than 10 rebounds and finished with three double-doubles.
Drummond joins three current teammates as MAAC All-Rookie selections recruited by Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos. In 2008, senior guard Brian Rudolph was selected as the Co-Rookie of the Year, junior forward Anthony Winbush was named All-Rookie following his freshman campaign and last year sophomore Robert Olson was selected.
Joining Walker on the All-MAAC Third team are Canisius' Elton Frazier, Fairfield's Yorel Hawkins, Manhattan's George Beamon and Rider's Mike Ringgold. Members of the All-MAAC First Team are Fairfield's Derek Needham, Michael Glover and Scott Machado from Iona, Rider's Justin Robinson and Siena's Ryan Rossiter. On the All-MAAC Second Team are Fairfield's Ryan Olander, Niagara's Anthony Nelson, Rider's Novar Gadson and Ryan Bacon and Wesley Jenkins from Saint Peter's. Along with Drummond, members of the MAAC All-Rookie team are Fairfield's Maurice Barrow, Manhattan's Michael Alvarado, Niagara's Marvin Jordan and Rider's Danny Stewart.
Walker, Drummond and the Greyhounds now prepare for the MAAC Championship, opening play Saturday afternoon as the No. 5 seed and with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 4 Saint Peter's at 2:30 p.m. The teams split a pair of contests during the regular season with each winning on the other's home floor.